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The Natural Law For Marriage, Divorce, And Sex Dear Readers, I am writing this letter against my will, but the Lord is insisting that I do it, so I am doing it. This is the Natural Law regarding marriage, divorce, and sex, as it applies to Western society today. Christians will recall that God created the Natural Law and wrote it onto the hearts of man. The Natural Law - (Romans 2:14-16 RSV) _____________________________________________________________ 14 When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. _____________________________________________________________ <>< This, then, is the Natural Law regarding marriage, divorce, and sex. There is more to it than is given here, but this will be enough to begin. Basically, I am taking dictation from God, and this is what He says: The Nature Of Marriage Marriage is the normal intended state for most adults. "Marriage" is the relationship between one man and one women in which their two bodies become as one flesh, through voluntary sexual intercourse; and all other partners in sexual activity are henceforth excluded, by mutual agreement." Sexual intercourse" is penetration of the vagina by the penis. "Sexual activity" is any activity which includes sexual gratification. Establishment Of Marriage The marriage relationship is established when both parties freely agree to an exclusive sexual relationship with each other and consummate it with sexual intercourse. Without voluntary agreement there is no marriage. And without sexual consummation, there is no marriage. Both elements are necessary. No ceremony is required: merely agreement and consummation. Duration Of Marriage Once established, the marriage relationship continues until it is broken by death, by mutual consent, or by extreme violation of the one-flesh relationship. When either partner dies, the relationship is broken, and the surviving partner is free to marry again. When both parties, by mutual consent, agree to terminate the marriage and have no further sexual intercourse with each other, the relationship is broken. Both are then free to marry again. Just as voluntary agreement with sexual intercourse establishes the marriage relationship, so also voluntary agreement without sexual intercourse breaks the marriage relationship. One party may terminate the marriage relationship without the consent of the other party only if there has been extreme violation of the one-flesh relationship by the other party. The most glaring and extreme sexual violation is adultery, which is sexual intercourse by a married person with some person other than the spouse. Another kind of extreme violation would be if one party deliberately and repeatedly inflicted harm on the other, in a way that he surely would not do to himself. In general, God opposes the termination of marriages. The greatest single cause of divorce is sexual activity outside the marriage. If you look deeply enough in almost any divorce, you will find the disruptive influence of an outside partner in sexual activity. Perhaps there are a few exceptions to this rule, but not many. Therefore all such activity is prohibited, particularly adultery, which is a major offense against God. Sexual Activity For Those Who Are Not Married Sex is a natural, God-given part of life, just as eating and sleeping are natural, God-given parts of life. The desire for physical release through sexual orgasm is a natural desire, like hunger or thirst. Some people feel sexual desire more strongly than others, and those to whom God has given strong sexual desires must not be judged or condemned by those whose desires are weaker. God provides for all our needs, including our need for sexual release. His preferred method for dealing with sexual need is marriage, as described above. Nevertheless, people who are not married are also entitled to sexual release, without guilt or shame. There are different degrees of sexual intimacy which unmarried people might experience with each other, from simple kissing to the various forms of sex leading to orgasm. Sexual intercourse is reserved for married people alone. Any other sexual activity between unmarried persons should be governed by the rule," The closer you are to being married, the greater intimacy you are permitted." Sexual orgasms bond people closer to each other, leading the unmarried toward marriage and strengthening the bond which already exists between those who are married. Therefore sexual activity involving orgasm should be confined to the one person with whom you are seeking a long-term marital bond. Thus, sexual promiscuity, or "playing the harlot," is forbidden. Certain kinds of sexual activity are simply not permitted, and these are sex in any form with a person of the same sex, with an animal, or with a close relative. Rape is forbidden, and also any adult sexual activity with persons below the minimum age for marriage. God has provided one method of sexual release, acceptable for all people, and that is private solo masturbation. If you do not have a married spouse or other acceptable sexual partner available to you, you always have your own hand. There is no Scriptural prohibition whatsoever against private solo masturbation. In fact, it can even be a form of worship, as we give thanks to God for our bodies and for the wonderful feelings He allows us to have. "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving;" (1 Timothy 4:4 RSV) <>< Children Since sexual intercourse is reserved for married couples only, then conception and childbearing should occur only among married couples. From the moment of conception, the children are the joint responsibility of the husband and the wife. Husband and wife have equal rights in the children, and equal responsibilities toward them. In the event of divorce, those rights and responsibilities need to be allocated somehow, since the children will no longer be able to live normally with both parents. This is one major reason why God opposes divorce: it usually creates great difficulties and complications for the children. ----------------------------------------------------- If the Lord is willing, He will direct me to write more on these subjects in the future. For now, this is all He is giving to me to share with you. Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord. October 17, 1999
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